Second-half substitution Crystal Dunn scored in the 72nd minute, Hope Solo got her 96th career shutout and the United States beat England, 1-0, in the SheBelieves Cup Thursday night in Tampa, Fla.
Dunn entered in the 67th minute and made it 1-0 with a shot into the upper corner of the net five minutes later.
“A lot of people were like, did you mean to put it there?” Dunn said. “And of course, initially you say yes. But no. In my head, I was like I saw the goal, aimed for it, and it just happened to go in.”
U.S. coach Jill Ellis called it a “world class” goal.
“She’s done well, she deserves to be in here,” Ellis said. “This is what she can pull out, these exceptional efforts.”
The United States is 7-0-0 in 2016, outscoring opponents, 29-0.
Solo made a diving save on Toni Duggan in the second half en route to her 145th international victory.
“We’re disappointed with the result,” England coach Mark Sampson said. “We’ll get there. We wanted to come here and win. It was a tight game. Credit to America.”
The USA had the only shot on goal in a scoreless first half.
Alex Morgan sent a shot wide early off a cross from Mallory Pugh.
Germany beat France 1-0 in the first game Thursday.
The U.S team will go against France Sunday in Nashville. England and Germany also will take part in a doubleheader.
The cup wraps up Wednesday in Boca Raton, Florida, when the U.S. team meets Germany and England plays France.
Chastain will donate brain
Brandi Chastain, whose penalty kick gave the United States the 1999 Women’s World Cup title, has pledged her brain for concussion research.
Chastain, 47, announced her donation to the Massachusetts-based Concussion Legacy Foundation. Upon her death, her brain will go to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, a joint project with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University School of Medicine.
“It is really about: How I can help impact soccer beyond scoring a goal in 1999 in the World Cup final. Can I do something more to leave soccer in a better place than it was when I began this wonderful journey with this game?” she said.
Researchers are studying the postmortem human brain and spinal cord tissue in hopes of diagnosing and treating chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative condition caused by a blow or blows to the head. The research team last month announced that it had found signs of CTE in the brain of former Oakland Raiders quarterback and NFL MVP Ken Stabler. But of the 307 brains in the bank, just seven are from women and none has been found to have CTE.
“We currently know so little about how gender influences outcome after trauma,” said Dr. Ann McKee, director of the brain bank program. “Her pledge marks an important step to expand our knowledge in this critical area.”